Friday, October 9, 2009

First of all, I'd like to apologize for not posting in a long time, the beginning of school season is always tough for me. Second, I'd like to wish my wonderful mother a Happy 50th Birthday! She has always been a blessing to me, and I'm sure the rest of my family could easily say the same. So, if you're out there Mom, I hope you know how much I appreciate everything you do, and that I love you, even if I don't always show it!

Third, I have to ask. I'm sorry to all the Democrats. But I do. WHY did Barack Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize? To win it, you're supposed to have DONE something. From my point of view, I don't think he really deserved this honor that has been bestowed from me. The war in Iraq hasn't gotten any smaller, and from what I understand, there aren't any less US troops in the Middle East, either.

Whew. Enough politics for one day, let's close with a prayer for all our troops in the Middle East and overseas, and also the ones that are right here in the awesome U.S. of A!

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Lord, protect the brave men and women who are overseas fighting for our freedom, and laying their lives on the line to keep us free, and to maintain our American identity. Also, accept all the troops who have already paid the ultimate price for our country. May they find eternal peace in Your care. Amen.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Before my morning post, let us start off with a prayer:

Father in Heaven, all throughout this day thou hast given us, may we do what is pleasing in thine eyes, and do what is good and right. Help us to resist temptation, and love the Lord with our whole heart, and help us to dedicate all we are to you.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen

In the Name of the +Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen

It always helps me to start my day off with morning Mass and prayer. It's a way of dedicating yourself to Jesus, and if you do this, He will help you through anything you may be faced with during the course of the day. Basing your life around the Sacraments is a wonderful way to live the Catholic faith. If you have to get up earlier to go to Mass, then do it! If your co-workers ask why you get up so early, don't be afraid to tell them! Perhaps they are Catholics, but haven't practiced the faith in awhile. Your attendance at Mass may motivate them to return to the Faith.

Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary, use words--St. Francis of Assisi

God Bless!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

To start this post off, I'd like to wish the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI a wonderful feast day, considering this is the feast of St. Benedict. May he be blessed with a long, healthy life.

I went out to dinner tonight with the assistant pastor at my parish. He is a newly-ordained priest, and a wonderful, holy, priest as well. He seems to be incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and always willing to talk to you about nearly anything. I feel incredibly blessed to have him at my parish. It was truly a wonderful experience.

Moving on to better things; I have been thinking about the so-called "vocations crisis" in the Catholic Church. There's no doubt, there is a shortage of priests currently. But, I do not currently believe there is a crisis in vocations. I think there is a crisis in the meaning of life. Most young men today are bombarded with all kinds of inappropriate material, and it takes an incredible amount of faith and determination to resist all the temptations in today's society. Young females have it even worse. They are constantly pressured by billboards and other advertisements that show beautiful women showing off their external features, and showing off their bodies. I think that there is a definite problem with today's media, in that, a new movie that comes out isn't any good unless it contains drugs, sex, or violence. Honestly, the best movies are usually the ones that do not contain any of this disgusting material. Our Lord teaches us that our bodies are supposed to be temples of the Holy Spirit, yet so often, we do not really realize this. The next time you are tempted by sexual thoughts or desires, say to yourself "My body is a temple of the holy spirit," and I assure you that you will have an easier time resisting these temptations.

And now, let us close with a prayer:

In the Name of the +Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
O Lord, watch over us as we sleep, be with us when we are awake, so that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep rest in his peace. Lord, now you let your servant go in peace, my own eyes have seen the salvation, that you have prepared in the sight of every people. And, in the morning, when I rise, help me to do well in all that I do, and to dedicate all my work and play to you.

May the Almighty Lord give us a restful night and a peaceful death, Amen

In the Name of the +Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Well, I may be called to the priesthood, but I am clearly NOT called to be a blogger. Because I forget to post, or get too busy to post for months at a time.

Anyway, today's post is going to be about just that. Taking time out for the Lord.

I understand pretty well how busy people's lives are. We all have another appointment, another meeting, etc. Well, why not make one of those appointments or meetings with God? Try taking a few minutes out before bed for quiet prayer. This can either be with your parents, or if you're older and married, with your spouse, or it can be by yourself, if you prefer. If you're married and with kids, time for family prayer is a wonderful way for a family to grow in faith together, and faith discussions can also be helpful to family life. Then there is of course the obvious one about always attending Mass on Sundays. Yes it's sometimes difficult to get to Mass, sometimes we don't want to go to Mass, and sometimes it's just downright inconvenient. But, things don't always go our way in life, unfortunately, and we have to learn to accept the things we cannot change.

I'm going to head off to bed now, but before I close this post, let us end with a prayer:

O Lord, you know better than I know myself. Help me to remember to take time out of my day to get to know you better, Lord. Come into my heart, Jesus, and fill my with your love and grace. I ask through Jesus Christ, Your Beloved Son, who lives and reigns with you, Father, Amen In the Name of the +Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It has been entirely too long since I made a post, so this one's going to be a little bit long.

I have been going through some pretty disappointing and difficult times lately, and many times I have been driven nearly to despair. Every night, I pray hard to try and help me through these times, and somehow, the Lord keeps me going, no matter how bad things get. In these tough economic times, I know many of us are going through similar problems. I know there are many other people out there who are far worse off than I am, and have many more problems than I do. Many of us are struggling to keep our family together, and work overtime to make ends meet. It's not an easy task for anyone. But, as an elderly priest once told me, God does not give us what we can handle, He helps us handle what we are given. As you may already know, the loss of my grandmother last October hit me hard. First, it was the first death of someone in my life who was really close to me. All my family members have actually been in very good health, and my grandmother was one of the very best friends I had in my life. I can't say enough about all the wonderful things she did for me, all the support and care she gave me. I'm sure all of you are going through some tough time right now, so call upon the Lord to help you through it.

I know this post sounds awfully familiar to previous posts, but that's not what I was really trying for!

God Bless,


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I am having a really hard time keeping up with this blog and everything else in life, as is apparent by the date of my last post.

I have been going to the morning Mass at my parish every day since the beginning of Lent. It's not always easy to get up at 5:30AM, and have to drive up to Mass. In the winter, this usually involves at least 5 minutes of scraping my windows before I can leave, and then sit in the freezing car on the way. Nearly everyone I have told has told me that they think I'm absolutely crazy. Well, so do I! It takes some serious determination to get up every morning and hurry out the door, but it's totally worth it. The graces I receive from going to Mass, and the peace I feel for the entire day afterwards are worth all of that, and even more. I encourage you to try to attend a Mass at least a few times a week. Most parishes offer a Mass that usually ends by 7-7:30AM so that commuters can stop in on their way to work. It's a wonderful way to get your busy day off to a good, holy start.

God Bless you all!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Today I just wanted to share some of the music I listen to frequently. This music is in no particular order, but none of the lyrics contained in the music are immoral, and/or anti-Christian/Catholic. Below, I have a small list of some of the music I listen to. It is good to listen to some of this music, especially in a world where all we want to listen to is hard rock and hip-hop, which, while they are both interesting musical styles, they generally have degenerated into songs containing a lot of adult content.

Era: A musical project by Eric Levi. It contains lyrics from many different languages, but primarily in Eric Levi's own language, which is very similar to Latin, and many of the songs have parts that are from Latin prayers. The musical style can best be described as "New Age" It is absolutely enchanting music, and I have listened to many of their songs literally hundreds of times.

ApologetiX: A Christian (Non-Catholic) group that writes parodies of classic rock songs with Christian words. You can get some samples on YouTube, or even on their own website While the band is non-Catholic, one of their members is an ex-Catholic, and none of their music could be considered offensive to Catholics. They have written many amusing and entertaining parodies, and they are worth a listen if you like classic rock music

Gregorian: A group of some members that were previously involved with scholas in cathedrals and have re-done many contemporary and Christian songs in the style of Gregorian chant. While one or two of their songs could be considered slightly "off-color" for younger audiences, it would be fine for anyone 13-14 or older.

The Priests: As the name suggests, this is a group of Catholic priests who discovered they had wonderful voices. They have released one album simply titled "The Priests" This music is perhaps the most beautiful I have ever heard. Their voices can best be described as "Angelic" Several of their songs are in other languages, such as Latin and German, but, even if you do not know either of these languages well, it is still beautiful to listen to. I only know a little Latin and absolutely not German, but it is still very beautiful music to listen to.

Veni Domine: if you like metal or hard rock, but don't want the offensive and explicit lyrics, then Veni Domine is for you. They have written many Christian songs, as well as a few Catholic ones. Their music is in the style of "doom metal" While their musical style certainly doesn't fit my tastes, it isn't offensive or explicit, and would be fine for all ages, though some parents may worry about young (Very young) children becoming scared by the dark and threatening mood that some of their music contains.

Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen grew up in a very Catholic home, and while I do not know if he is currently a practicing Catholic, he has stated that he does hold true to Catholic morals. All of his songs that I have heard are suitable for Christians and Catholics.

There are many other excellent musical choices out there as well. It just goes to show that you don't have to have explicit and offensive lyrics to have good music. Here are some choices that, as a Catholic, I would not listen to:

Exodus: A extremely Anti-Christian band. Many of their lyrics are not suitable for a Christian of any age. One Christian band member actually left because he was so disgusted with the extremely offensive content that was in Exodus' songs.

Guns N' Roses: This "Not Recommended" rating does not apply to ALL Guns N' Roses songs. Just most of them. Songs like "November Rain" and "Patience" are fine, but there are many songs that could easily be considered offensive and contain adult content with references to drugs, sex and violence.

Green Day: Yet another band that, unfortunately, I cannot recommend a single song to any Christian, Catholic or not. They are again very anti-Christian, and many songs focus heavily on the use of drugs.

Ted Nugent: A die-hard metal artist, Ted Nugent in reality is very against drugs, violence, and crime. However, his music lyrics suggest a completely different story. Also, many contain extremely strong sexual references.

Bob Rivers: A radio DJ from Seattle who writes parody songs on the side. I can only describe his music lyrics as filthy. Many are completely unsuitable for any human to view. Probably the worst artist on this list.

If there are any suggestions for either of this lists, send them to me, and I will post them up. You can contact me via email at: thelordsservant(at) or you can IM me on one of my many IM contacts:

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Since I am going to bed as it is now evening, or night, in the US, let us offer a brief evening prayer:

O my God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all the graces I have received from you. I am sorry that I have not made a better use of them. I am sorry for all the sins I have committed against you. Forgive me, O my God, and graciously protect me this night. Blessed Virgin Mary, my dear heavenly mother, take me under your protection. St. Joseph, my dear guardian angel, and all you saints of God, pray for me. Sweet Jesus, have pity on all poor sinners, and save them from hell. Have mercy on the suffering souls in purgatory. Amen
†In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen